Hounded from parks for playing the bagpipes

Chris Lee Cho-lam may be good enough to play the bagpipes for Paul McCartney, but if he tries playing in one of the many public parks around Hong Kong it's a different story.

Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am

The pipes are calling

Davy Spillane's first encounter with the uilleann pipes was not one you would call glamorous. It had no immediate, profound effect on him. And he didn't overflow with passion the first time he laid hands on the pipes. Instead, his initial experience with the instrument that would some day bring him fame came more from chance than any divine calling.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Out on a memorable note

Rupert John Mackenzie Gerald was born with a name to live up to, and live up to it he did as the sun set on So Kon Po. In a pale blue suit dressed as a Thunderbird, the student living in Beijing entertained the crowd as they dispersed from the stadium.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Show & Tell

It's the start of term and Mrs Green, 9F's English teacher, has organised a 'Show & Tell' lesson for her class. The first student to talk about the object she's brought into school is Maria. Listen to what she says and then answer the questions.

1 Who owns the bagpipes that Maria has brought to 'Show & Tell'?

2 How old do you think Uncle Jackie is?

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Great Highland Bagpipe is well travelled

The bagpipe is native to Scotland and has achieved widespread recognition through its usage in the British military and in pipe bands throughout the world.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Pipe dreams

Local bagpipe lovers were thrilled with a recent visit by celebrated master Bill Robertson. More than 10 years after the handover, the bagpipes are one of many of Hong Kong's colonial traditions that are still very much alive. Played by the British army and the Hong Kong police force during ceremonies and celebrations, they are even finding a new niche in the local music scene.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Skirl's out for City Hall pipe debut

Bagpipes have proved they can gate-crash rock gigs and be plangent at the 1997 handover ceremony. Now the Hong Kong Scottish Piping and Drumming Association wants to show its music can also be entertaining in the instrument's first public solo performance at City Hall on Saturday.

11 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Bagpiping brothers a hit with fans who just wanna rock'n'roll

It's a long way to the top...of the stadium to the corporate boxes, and a long way from Toronto to the Sevens for bagpiping identical twins John and Aragorn Simpson.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Bagpipes sound off

BELL'S Scotch whiskies will stage the Highland Games in Hong Kong on Sunday at Stanley Fort.

The first recorded Highland Games in Scotland took place in the year 1000.

Events at the Stanley Fort will include dancing, piping and the traditional Scottish games of tug-of-war, tossing the caber and throwing the weight.

6 Oct 1993 - 12:00am